Professor Russell Boyce holds the position of Chair for Space Engineering at UNSW Canberra, where he leads the UNSW Canberra Space Research effort. He brings to this role a research approach developed throughout 25 years in the field of hypersonics, coupling computational and experimental research with flight testing, most recently via the SCRAMSPACE scramjet flight experiment program which he led as Chair for Hypersonics at the University of Queensland. Russell is also the current chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Space and Radio Science
UNSW Canberra is investing heavily – $10M over 2015-2019 – to develop a sustainable university-led program to undertake research in space. A capability has been established to routinely conceptualise, develop and fly affordable responsible in-orbit missions. The missions focus on both technology development and demonstration, and scientific outcome. The capability includes a complete space mission engineering team with several decades of accumulated international space sector experience, and a significant team of academic / postdoc / PhD staff conducting ground-based space research.
Russell has future plans for working with the planetary science community in Austalia to establish miniature satellite missions to other planets.